Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry

Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry

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From the bestselling author of Blood, Sweat, and Pixels comes the next definitive, behind-the-scenes account of the video game industry: how some of the past decade's most renowned studios fell apart -- and the stories, both triumphant and tragic, of what happened next.

Jason Schreier's groundbreaking reporting has earned him a place among the preeminent investigative journalists covering the world of video games. In his eagerly anticipated, deeply researched new book, Schreier trains his investigative eye on the volatility of the video game industry and the resilience of the people who work in it.

The business of videogames is both a prestige industry and an opaque one. Based on dozens of first-hand interviews that cover the development of landmark games -- Bioshock Infinite, Epic Mickey, Dead Space, and more -- on to the shocking closures of the studios that made them, PRESS RESET tells the stories of how real people are affected by game studio shutdowns, and how they recover, move on, or escape the industry entirely.

Schreier's insider interviews cover hostile takeovers, abusive bosses, corporate drama, bounced checks, and that one time the Boston Red Sox's Curt Schilling decided he was going to lead a game studio that would take out World of Warcraft. Along the way, he asks pressing questions about why, when the video game industry is more successful than ever, it's become so hard to make a stable living making video games -- and whether the business of making games can change before it's too late.

Title:Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781538735497
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    Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry Reviews

  • Michelle Curie

    The video game industry is notoriously difficult – only a fracture of the passionate people working in this field actually stay in the industry for more than a decade or two. The question of why is ...

  • Jason Bergman

    Disclaimer: I worked with several people quoted in this book, and am friendly with the author. That said, my honest opinion is that this book is excellent. Consolidation or shutdowns happen with distu...

  • Amit

    I preordered the book and binged it in a week full of traveling and waiting in a hospital. If I had to pick a word to describe the subject, It would be “bleak”.Schrier’s previous work, “Blood,...

  • Madison

    This book follows essentially the same structure as Schreier's fascinating Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, in that every chapter follows different developers and ill-fated studios through their inception to...

  • Vedran Karli?

    Press Reset is a book in which Jason Schreier is telling the story about one of the problems of the video game industry - about losing a job. Or to be precise, to culture in which firing the people ar...

  • Aaron White

    Schreier tells important human stories about the volatile world of video game development and highlights the many aspects of the industry that could use some serious change. Just as his first book, "P...

  • David Silbert

    A Thoughtful Look at a Volatile IndustryFor all its popularity, the video game industry sure is misunderstood. In 2020, video games raked in an estimated $180 billion—more than Hollywood and North A...

  • Alastair Heffernan

    It is immediately clear from the beginning of Press Reset's first chapter that this will be a journalistic treat: we are hurled straight into a conference room with a mid-career Warren Spector (legend...

  • Lydia

    Popsugar 2021: A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Amazon or Goodreads Press Reset is a detailed look into the lives and careers of people who work in the video games industry. Whereas Schrei...

  • Rach

    First off - jason if you're out there and for some reason reading your goodreads reviews, know I will always be grateful I got to leave a screaming voicenote for @lydia because you managed to find TON...